US vows to help in retribution op
Fri, 21 Sep 2012 6:02p.m.
By Patrick Gower
The United States Secretary of Defence has told Taliban fighters responsible for killing five New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan that US forces will take them out.
Leon Panetta is currently visiting New Zealand. He is the first Defence Secretary to visit in 30 years following the no-nuclear law.
Today Mr Panetta stood shoulder-to-shoulder with New Zealanders to remember those who died in Afghanistan, including the five killed by the Taliban last month.
“We will remember them,” he said.
He promised US troops would help in any retribution attack.
“Whatever information we have that is credible, we will do whatever we have to do in cooperation with the forces of New Zealand to make sure they understand that nobody attacks our forces and gets away with it.”
The Government has sent SAS officers back to Afghanistan to track down those who killed New Zealand soldiers Corporal Luke Tamatea, Private Richard Harris, Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, Lance Corporal Pralli Durrer and Lance Corporal Rory Malone. If they find them, US special forces will execute the attack.
“We always make a commitment to go after those that attack our forces,” Mr Panetta said.
But chief of the New Zealand Defence Force Major General Rhys Jones would not say whether the SAS or other Kiwi troops would be part of the attack operation.
Mr Panetta was welcomed with a powhiri today, and then accidentally called New Zealand “New England”.
It turned out the reason for his visit was to announce that after a 30-year standoff over the no-nuclear law, New Zealand naval ships will be allowed into US ports.
Earlier this year we weren't allowed to dock at Pearl Harbor during international naval exercises.
“I suspect that soon we will see one of those ships come into our ports and we would welcome that,” Mr Panetta said.
Yet while there's an open invitation for the US to come - even just a Coast Guard ship - Mr Panetta won't be taking that up anytime soon.
“One thing I've learnt in politics over 40 years is to take one step at a time.”
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23/09/2012 10:41:45 a.m.
US, Australian and Chinese ownership guarantees our defence in some mythical invasion scenario so why the need for political defence ties? Given the faudulent cumstances surrounding the supposed war on terror and the civil oppression and economic hardships imposed on the American people it would be wise to not invite this regime in untill the American people restore their freedom and expose the lies told to them by thier wealthy ruling elite.
23/09/2012 6:54:29 a.m.
these comments are stupid. everyone is just repeating what they are hearing in the media, of courese it is all going to be bad, when was the last time you picked up a paper telling us good news. Its life, people choose to do these things , yes even soldiers. It is extremly sad what has happened to our soldiers and all the other soldiers all over the world. It is their choice. Terrorisim has been around for ever, aand will continue to be, get used to it.
23/09/2012 5:30:00 a.m.
This is the scariest thing ive heard. Usa vows to help. What a total nobrainer to publicly put nzers in harms way of terrorist attacks not only our defence forces but at home as well. How about we send our big mouth pm over to discuss our plans directly with the taliban etc. That would be a worthwhile taxpayer expence and Im sure only a oneway ticket is value for money
23/09/2012 12:39:18 a.m.
What if.. A mistake is made and the "targeted" missile kills 10 children...
22/09/2012 11:39:47 p.m.
This is like children having a water gun fight and one kid complaining when they get wet. In war you are allowed to kill enemy combatants; those Kiwi soldiers were legitimate targets. If our soldiers meet those insurgents in the conflict zone then kill them but this whole "retribution" idea has no place in war. The insurgents do not bear any guilt for killing our soldiers.
22/09/2012 11:20:15 a.m.
Welcome to "Planet Key" a truly sick place. We NZ'ers don't want any part to this!Our defense forces have earned a much deserved good reputation world wide!*Keys* actions are destroying that & putting the brave Men and Women in our defense force at risk!NZ is now a target for terrorist attack?
Promote tourism,Not terrorism. The Worlds view of NZ isn't as good as it once was! The World didn't want SOPA, PIPA, ACTA etc...So signing ACTA & taking down "Kim DotCom" for corporate US bullies didn't do us any favors.Running around the Pacific throwing tax payers money around, playing salesman to TPP was a disgrace.Not exactly creating any Jobs in tourism? But having "The Lord of War" on NZ soil? Saying to the World that NZ is now America's??? "nobody attacks our forces and gets away with it" is just Sick! Drug test *Key*
22/09/2012 9:50:43 a.m.
Yep, the americans trained Osama Bin Laden to operate a terrorist cell in Afghanistan when the russians were in control and supplied him with money and weapons.
When Kuwait was invaded by Iraq.. Iraq used helicopter gunships that had been sold to them by the americans.
The americans only ever invade a country if it has strategic importance or oil.
And over half the wars they take part in were initially caused by them to start with.
22/09/2012 2:58:55 a.m.
so wait who are the terrorists? america right? i remember them invading a few countries and killing lots of people
22/09/2012 2:37:06 a.m.
what sort of example is that setting us. if one of our loved ones get murdered, are we allowed to retaliate and get justice, no we are not. all right for some
22/09/2012 2:27:59 a.m.
stop bombing people. until that happens, america is the world's number one terrorist
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